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What Do Nonunions Do?
What Should We Do About Them?

Daphne Gottlieb Taras University of Calgary and Bruce E. Kaufman Georgia State University
Task Force Working Paper #WP14
Prepared for the May 25-26, 1999, conference
“Symposium on Changing Employment Relations and New Institutions of Representation”

September 1, 1999

Draft in Circulation

This paper was presented at a symposium that was funded under a grant from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. Opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Table of Contents

PDF Version (154 K) Foreword


I. Introduction

II. Research Findings About Nonunion Employee Representation (NER)

Forms, Functions, and Effects

The Pet Bear Metaphor: NERPs Are Not Easy to Manage

Why Is Consensus Difficult to Achieve?

Two Taken-for-Granted Topics: A Lack of Representation, and Worker Views

III. Compliance Analysis: What Are American Firms Doing?

IV. Policy Implications


Appendix 1

Appendix 2

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